Russia's Kasatkina wins Kremlin Cup

Kremlin Cup: Great Britain's Johanna Konta loses to Daria Kasatkina in Moscow

Sixth seed Daria Kasatkina of Russian Federation won her first Kremlin Cup title on Saturday (Oct 20) when she beat Tunisian qualifier Ons Jabeur in a tough three-setter.

And there were further positive signs - particularly in a tight opening set - for Konta to take, despite defeat by 21-year-old Kasatkina, who is ranked 14th in the world and considered one of the brightest talents on the WTA Tour.

A finalist here past year, No.6 seed Kasatkina had to fight back from a set and a break down in the second to complete the turnaround and win 2-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4 after two hours and five minutes. "I gave it all today, and it wasn´t easy because she plays really good", said 24-year-old Jabeur, who unleashed 45 winners on her way to victory.

In Saturday´s final, Jabeur will face sixth-seeded Daria Kasatkina of Russian Federation, last year´s runner-up, who put out Britain´s Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-3.

Kasatkina also showed her class when she praised Jabeur for her performance at the event.

Jabeur said she was pleased with her performance and promised to come back to Moscow next year.

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"I really enjoyed playing here this week", the Tunisian said.

In the deciding set Jabeur, who was playing her eighth match in eight days, began to wilt.

Yet when Konta faced three set points on her own serve Kasatkina tightened up, allowing the former world number four to hold with a spectacular lob on the run.

In the ATP section, French left-hander Adrian Mannarino claimed a place in the final with a close straight-sets win over the Italian veteran Andreas Seppi 7-5, 7-5.

"We have the same pace".

"That was a tactical game and just a couple of points at the end made the difference".



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